Presidents, Nobel Prize winners and famous Irish authors like Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett have all studied at Trinity College. Follow in their footsteps by wandering its hushed halls or walking the cobbles of granite-colored Parliament Square. Take a picnic of freshly baked soda bread and Irish salmon and relax on the grass by Trinity’s famous Campanile bell tower. The sturdy shelves of Trinity’s Long Room library heave with rare manuscripts, timeworn texts and the ancient Book of Kells.
A religious text written by monks more than 1,000 years ago, the magnificently illustrated Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s most important religious relics. Visitors shuffle silently through the Long Room’s passageway of dimmed corridors before finally reaching the priceless manuscript. The book’s golden pages are romantically faded, and its elaborate illustrations and intricate calligraphy are a highlight of any Trinity College visit.
A hotel near Trinity College puts you right in the middle of the Dublin city centre action. Trinity College borders the pedestrianised shopping boulevard of Grafton Street, where buskers compete for attention with designer boutiques. Follow a day’s shopping and sightseeing with a well-earned pint in nearby Temple Bar, Dublin’s premier pub quarter.
Where: Dublin city centre
Tickets: Access to Trinity College is free. Tickets must be purchased to see the Book of Kells